amaXhosa king seeks to halt gay initiation film

2017-08-19 17:05
Inxeba poster (Supplied)

Inxeba poster (Supplied)

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Cape Town – amaXhosa king Zwelonke Sigcawu is seeking to halt the distribution of a film depicting a homosexual relationship during the traditional amaXhosa manhood initiations, saying there are limits to the extent customs can be exposed, his lawyer said. 

Inxeba (the wound) tells the story of Xolani, a closeted gay factory worker in Queenstown, who served as a caregiver for initiates and subsequently has a relationship with another caregiver.

He said the king had however not yet seen the film.

“He has been seeing [the] trailers and people are just shocked.

Not banned a movie yet

In written answers to News24 on Friday afternoon, the FPB said it had not yet received a formal complaint from Sigcawu. 

Refused classification means content was found containing hate speech, propaganda for war, incitement of violence and child pornography.

The film's producer Cait Pansegrouw told News24 that the "creative team" will issue a statement addressing the king's concerns on Monday. 

Fiddler said the film screened for the first time in South Africa at the Durban International Film Festival in July.

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